Tibetan Medicine Practitioner and LMT Kyle Weaner Visits Next Week
Kyle Weaner, owner of Jivaka Wellness Center in Elkins is a West Virginia native, a licensed massage therapist and a traditional Tibetan Medicine practitioner. He has an interest in traditional Asian therapeutic modalities and in massage of aging and terminally ill people. Kyle is a graduate of Friends World Program of Long Island University (now LIU Global), where he focused on Global Health and Healing Traditions, specifically Tibetan Medicine and Geriatric Issues. Since graduating, Kyle pursued further studies in Tibetan Medicine as an apprentice of Dr. Jampa Yonten, at the Tibetan Healing & Wellness Center in Bangalore, India.
Kyle is dedicated to educating others about health and traditional healing. He has worked as a teacher of the Global Health and Healing Traditions Course, and as a student advisor for LIU-Global; and has organized teaching and consultation tours for his teacher, Dr. Jampa Yonten, at universities, hospitals, and meditation centers across the United States.
Kyle studied yoga for the past 9 years in India. Buddhist meditation practice has also played a huge role in the development of Kyle’s yoga practice. He studied Thai Massage under Ariela Grodner, and he finds it to be a glorious union between traditional healing, yoga, and massage.
Kyle will be visiting Bliss on the following Tuesdays of each month:
September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3, and will be offering the following services:
Health Consultation in Tibetan Medicine
Tibetan Medicine is an ancient healing science, which utilizes a holistic, compassionate approach to wellness of the body and mind. The system is known for its elaborate techniques of pulse reading and urine analysis, which inform the practitioner of the balance of body and mind in the client. After the initial assessment, some recommendations may include dietary or lifestyle changes, herbal supplements, or non-invasive therapies.
Tibetan Therapeutic Massage (Kunye)
Tibetan Therapeutic Massage, Kunye, is a deep, relaxing, and therapeutic massage. It is beneficial for reduction of stress, and increased circulation of blood, nerve, lymph, and Loong (wind) channels. It also helps to tone the limbs, reduce body weight, reduce pain in the spine, joints, and muscles, and rejuvenate the body’s vital energy. The massage techniques used in Kunye are performed while applying oils and creams, The massage consists of long smooth strokes, a variety of circular motions, and pressure on the sensitive points. Within the Tibetan medical system, there are 320 sensitive points used for therapeutic effect. These points may have direct effects on the body location itself, or may affect organ systems similar to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, although they are not named in the same meridian method as the TCM points.
Cupping Therapy (Zang Bum)
Cupping therapy is the practice of collecting and clearing a stagnation of the humors, or vital energies of the body. In traditional Tibetan Medicine, disease arises when there is a blockage of a channel, or a humor enters the wrong channel or opposite region of the body. Cupping is one therapeutic technique to bring the humors back to a balanced state. Specific ailments that this can relieve are back pain and digestive discomfort, but cupping can benefit the vital energies of the body, when applied in the proper manner.
Moxibustion Therapy (Me ‘Tsa)
Moxibustion therapy is the heating or warming of a sensitive point with the Tawa herb (Artemesia vulgaris). In Tibetan medicine it is mainly used to balance Loong (wind) and Beycan (phlegm). The process stimulates a sensitive point where the heat is applied, which promotes the free flowing circulation of wind and the drying of phlegm. It is used to relieve many disorders, such as stress, insomnia, joint pain and stiffness, and deficiency of digestive heat. Points of the joints can be heated with a type of wood called seng deng (Rhamnella gilgitea). This wood is particularly effective in drying lymphatic fluid.
Fomentation Therapy (Dug-pa)
Fomentation may be hot or cold. Hot fomentation can incorporate warm herbal compresses, like nutmeg and caraway for stress. The herbs can be heated with either water or oil. Hot fomentation can also be performed with the use of warm salts, or warm mud, clay, or stone. Cold fomentation is usually done with cool river stones.